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Embedding proprietary protocols

From: Anselm Baird_Smith <abaird@www43.inria.fr>
Date: Mon, 24 Mar 1997 13:32:44 +0100 (MET)
Message-Id: <199703241232.NAA27513@www43.inria.fr>
To: beders@dfki.uni-sb.de
Cc: www-jigsaw@w3.org

I don't think it's a nice idea to use HTTP as a transport protocol (I
mean ideally, not counting firewalls). From a Jigsaw point of view, if
what you need is really a different protocol altogether, check the
deamon module:


This allows you to start of any server you want within the Jigsaw


Jochen B. Bedersdorfer writes:
 > Hello.
 > I am looking for a consistent way to use my client/server
 > toolkit (written in Java) with Jigsaw.
 > I need a persistent connection to my clients to handle incremental
 > data output and fast interactive GUI event handling
 > (e.g. chosing from a choice results in a server reaction;
 > requested data may come in, while the user already works on some
 > results; forcing results from the server (important for any-time
 > algorithms)).
 > At the moment I have a standalone version which is not convenient
 > in many cases (not to mention firewalls etc.).
 > I already checked out Servlets, but they don't satisfy my needs
 > and are probably to slow.
 > Another possibility would be to write my own Resource, which only would
 > return with a reply, when the whole client/server communication is over.
 > Working with Replys and instantiating my Resource multiple
 > times for the same connection would probably too slow or unwanted.
 > Using the Request.getClient() method, I could run my protocol
 > directly over the socket established by Jigsaw.
 > Isn't there a more general way ?
 > Since there are many client/server solutions written in Java out there,
 > which all have their own proprietary protocols
 > (be it Chat systems or something), I already thought about a way to
 > extend HTTP allowing arbitrary protocols on top of HTTP connections.
 > (for ex. a CONNECTION request method, which hands over the client connection
 > to a resource (what Jigsaw basically does))
 > I am sure, this is sick or probably nonsense, but who knows ?
 > Would anyone care to comment on this ?
 > Thanks,
 >   Jochen
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 > | beders@dfki.uni-sb.de  DFKI German Research Center for AI            |
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